Varanus spenceri

Description

The Spencer's Monitor is a medium to large sized monitor. Spencer's Monitor is generally heavier than similar sized monitors of another species due to its "stockier" build. It has sharp claws which it uses for digging burrows as this monitor is not known for climbing.

Distribution

Spencer's Monitor occupy the black soil plains of north-western Queensland, their range extends from the Barkly Tablelands to the eastern parts of the Northern Territory.

Lifespan

The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.

Size

The Spencer's Monitor have been known to reach lengths of 1.2 metres.

Diet

This species of Monitor is known to eat venomous snakes, small mammals, small lizards, eggs, and carrion (dead animals), and is able to digest anything it eats.

Habitat

The Spencer's Monitor is native to the Barkly region in Central Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Breeding

A female Spencer’s Monitor clutch of eggs generally ranges between 11 and 30 eggs.

Bite

Non-venomous